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Hofstra University 2016 commencement

Graduating students from the Hofstra University Class of

Graduating students from the Hofstra University Class of 2016 celebrate during their commencement ceremony at the David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Center in Hempstead on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Credit: Steven Sunshine

Hofstra University held its commencement ceremony Sunday at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

Number of graduates

1,500 undergraduate and 650 total graduate students (master’s and doctorates)

President’s remarks

University president Stuart Rabinowitz: “You have earned our gratitude, and you have our admiration. You have learned well, and you are ready to make your mark on the world.”

Commencement speakers

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, president and chief executive of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and professor of molecular medicine and neurosurgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine: “What really matters in life is not finding a job ... Think about what you really want to do not next year, but the next five years. Ten years ... your challenge now is to face your dreams.”

He added, “You have a large brain. Trust me, I’m a brain surgeon.”

Seymour E. Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

spoke of his rise within company ranks. “By accepting additional responsibilities, you obtain broad experience for the future.”

Student reactions

Richard Theogene, 23, Rosedale, Queens, marketing:

Theogene said he’s looking forward to working as an entrepreneur. “It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with the information you have.”

Geraldo Landron, 25, the Bronx, business administration:

For Landron, who is the first in his family to graduate from college, Hofstra “helped conceptualize everything I was doing in the workforce.” He said he hoped “to be an entrepreneur, run my own business and make it in the real world. The hardest parts were the best parts . . . the ridiculous assignments, the hardest teachers.” But, he added, “you don’t realize that until the end.”

Julissa Hoogeveen, 21, Chino Hills, California, health sciences:

Hoogeveen said she plans to attend veterinary school after graduation. College has been about “learning to be independent from my family. I hope to be a vet, pay off my student loans, go back to school and do it all over again.”

Paul Testaverde, 21, Forest Hills, exercise science:

Testaverde is applying to law school and wants to become a defense attorney. He said college taught him “discipline and time management,” and he feels “anxiety — but in a good way.”

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